Etiquette and Languages observes how people relate to each other through behaviors and speech. Find information on topics like tipping, sign language, good manners and slang.
Even if you hardly know your beta from your zeta, chances are you've used Greek letters at some point in your life. What are they and why are they so common?
And it's expressions like 'fake news' (instead of information fallacieuse) and 'cool! that are to blame.
Does anyone really know the difference between an alligator and a crocodile? Or a hurricane and a cyclone? You're about to learn with the answers to this quiz!
Once this skinny mark of excitement was mainly the provenance of excited teenage girls and inexperienced novelists. But now we're all peppering our sentences with exclamation marks. Is this a good thing?
You might know the quote but do you know what the speaker was referring to? See how many of these famous quips or disses you recognize.
In our modern vernacular, the phrase "that's just semantics" has somehow become shorthand to insinuate the speaker has argued something trivial or unimportant. But what does it really mean?
The two terms are often used interchangeably, though they have distinct meanings. We'll explain how they're different.
Abbreviations are supposed to make things easier, but when people misuse or misunderstand them they often do just the opposite. How well do you know these commonly flubbed abbreviations?
Our daily language is often geared for a world that recognizes people as either male or female. But with our growing recognition that not everyone falls into these categories, how can we speak more gender-inclusively?
Mnemonic devices are little tricks — like acronyms and phrases — that help us memorize important info. Our quiz will test your knowledge of everything from geography to music scales. And every single answer has a fun mnemonic attached.
Over the holidays, lots of gift-giving will be going on. But some people get anxious about opening a gift in front of the giver in case they don't like it and can't fake enough enthusiasm.
That old comedian's advice that the "k" sound is always good for a laugh has been proven true, too.
Is a dib an actual thing?
Groups of animals sure have some funny names. You can thank the Book of St. Albans for that.
How did this natural tic become the signal for so many social expressions?
Goddesses once reigned supreme across many cultures. So what happened, and did written language hasten their fall?
What in the world did Grandma mean when she used words like "tarnation"?
And everyone used it, not just the local deaf community.
Merriam-Webster added 850 new words to its popular online dictionary. Learn which words the dictionary added for 2018.
Rudeness is not just a personal annoyance. It can actually affect health and safety. Why is that? And why do we replay a rude interaction over and over in our heads?
How could we run out of trademarked words? It sounds impossible, but it's growing more and more likely.
It doesn't get more awkward than the check arriving and no one knows who's paying for what. Is it rude to expect birthday guests to pay for their own meal?
Which of these would you like to see on your computer keyboard?
Middle names aren't a purely modern invention, so why do we still have them?
You were probably used to red squiggles showing up for spelling errors and green ones for grammatical errors in Microsoft Word documents. But why was the red usually right and the green usually wrong?